Monday, January 4, 2010

CFP - 2010 Library Assessment Conference

October 25-27, 2010
Baltimore, Maryland
All proposals due by February 15, 2010
Washington DC­The Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the University of Virginia Library, the University of Washington Libraries, and the Conference Planning Committee are pleased to issue this call for proposals for the 2010 Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, Sustainable, Practical Assessment, to be held in Baltimore, Maryland, October 25-27, 2010. The conference goal is to support and nurture the library assessment community through a mix of invited speakers, contributed papers and posters, workshops, and engaging discussion. The conference is geared toward library and information professionals and researchers with responsibility for or an interest in the broad field of library assessment. This biennial conference builds on the success of the first two conferences held in Charlottesville (2006) and Seattle (2008).

We are pleased to announce that the conference's five keynote speakers are confirmed:

Fred Heath: Library Service Quality
Joe Matthews: Performance Measures and Balanced Scorecard
Danuta Nitecki: Assessment of Library Spaces
Megan Oakleaf: Learning Outcomes and the Library
Stephen Town: Value and Impact

Conference Topics
The Conference Planning Committee especially encourages topics along the themes of the keynote speakers and other areas of library assessment including:
Digital libraries
Information resources and collections
Learning and teaching
Management information
Methods and tools
Organizational issues
Performance measurement and measures
Return on investment (ROI)
Space planning and utililization
Usage and e-metrics
User needs
Value and impact

Presentation Formats
Proposals are invited as either papers or posters. Presentation time for papers should be no more than 25 minutes. Poster sessions are particularly welcome from attendees and specific time will be set aside for attendees to discuss posters with the presenters. The language of the conference is English (bilingual French/English or Spanish/English posters will also be accepted). Accepted proposals will be published in the conference proceedings and PowerPoint presentations and poster materials will be posted on the conference Web site.

Proposal Submission Guidelines and Evaluation Procedures

1. Proposals will include a title, author(s), format, and abstract (maximum 500 words) describing the proposal. The abstract should follow the structure of: Purpose, Design/Methodology/Approach, Findings, Practical Implications/Value
2. Authors each will provide separate biographical statements (50 words).
3. The Conference Planning Committee will evaluate all proposals based on:
* their relevance to effective, sustainable, and practical library assessment;
* the significance of their contribution to the body of work associated with library assessment; and
* clarity of expression.
4. Proposals must be submitted by February 15, 2010.
5. Those submitting proposals will be notified of their status by April 15, 2010.
6. Presenters will be guaranteed a registration place and will be expected to pay registration fees.
7. To submit your proposal, please visit

Conference Planning Committee
Conference Co-Chairs:
Steve Hiller, University of Washington Libraries
Martha Kyrillidou, Association of Research Libraries
Jim Self, University of Virginia Library
John Bertot, University of Maryland
Sam Kalb, Queen's University
Liz Mengel, Johns Hopkins University
Megan Oakleaf, Syracuse University
Kathy Perry, VIVA Consortium
Bill Potter, University of Georgia
Roberta Shaffer, Library of Congress
Agnes Tatarka, University of Chicago
Stephen Town, University of York (UK)

Additional Information
The conference Web site will provide complete information about the conference, including plenary and keynote speakers, workshops, registration, and accommodations.


The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in North America. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the Web at

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